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A Troubled Peace

(Under a War-Torn Sky #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  327 ratings  ·  52 reviews
March 1945

World War II may be ending, but for nineteen-year-old pilot Henry Forester the conflict still rages. Shot down behind enemy lines in France, Henry endured a dangerous trek to freedom, relying on the heroism of civilians and Resistance fighters to stay alive. But back home in Virginia, Henry is still reliving air battles with Hitler's Luftwaffe and his torture by
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published August 18th 2009)
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May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Katherine by: Laura Elliott
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Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Laura Elliott was kind enough to send me an ARC of this title. Just finished it a few minutes ago and had to send her an email letting her know how it had affected me. Hopefully she won't mind that I'm including part of it below:

You have such a gift for creating characters who really resonate with kids. It sounds so cliched to say that you bring history to life for them, but WOW. Kids who thought they had "learned" World War II are going to be knocked off their feet when they read this. Letting
"Under a War-Torn Sky" has been my favorite book ever since I read it as a child, but I had no idea there was a sequel to it until a couple of months ago when I hastily bought it off of Amazon without research or checking out reviews. To be honest, I've read almost all of L.M. Elliott's books and have loved them all for many different reasons, specifically the amazing historical research and accuracy she writes with, so I had high hopes.
This book is like her others: well-written and heavily rese
Linda Russo
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This sequel to Under a War-Torn Sky, was not as compelling, but was a satisfying conclusion. Especially interesting was the 17 page Afterword which covered the aftermath of the devastation of WWII in France. Discussion of PTSD.
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the sequel to Under a War-torn Sky which I have taught in the past and am again using with an EFL class with the theme of WWII. The students have appreciated that book in the past, and when ordering it, I saw there was a sequel and decided to check it out. This picks up shortly after the previous one ends, and is a very interesting look at France in the immediate post-war period. Not for the faint of heart, the descriptions of the retributions and revenge are probably nonetheless still t ...more
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is not yet an ARC but I urge you to look for it when it comes out. The sequel to Under A War Torn Sky, it deals with Henry's inability to adjust to life back on the farm, haunted by his experiences in Europe escaping the Nazis.
He returns to France as WW II ends, trying to find out what has happened to those who helped him escape (he was shot down behind enemy lines). This is a haunting look at life in a country that has been devastated by war, the terrible lives of those who have "surv
Stephanie Pieck
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-fiction
In this continuation of the story begun in "Under a War-Torn Sky," Henry Forrester struggles with memories of what he has done--and left undone--during his time in France during World War II.
Henry thought returning home to family and the girl he loved would bring him peace. He was done with war, done flying bombing missions, done being a witness to death and destruction. All he wanted to do was get back to normal and finally marry Patsy, his childhood sweetheart.
But he's troubled by nightmares,
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read the historical fiction novel "A troubled peace" by L.M. Elliot, it is the second book in it's series. L.M. Elliot is an award winning writer who writes young adult books. The book follows Henry,a 19 year old pilot, who is trying to find Pierre, a French boy who saved his life. while at Virginia after he made it back there he relives fights with Hitler's Luftwaffe and the Gestapo. Feeling that he needs to find Pierre he leaves his home and family behind to search for Pierre in France. ...more
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
The sequel to Under a War-Torn Sky, we meet Henry Forester, who has returned from France following his capture and interrogation by the Nazis after being shot down. Henry suffers from nightmares and flashbacks from his experience, and he feels that he needs to go back to France to see how Pierre, the young boy who saved him, has fared. During Henry's trip back to France, we see the results of the destruction caused by the war that is ending, and the return of concentration camp survivors. The af ...more
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
And finally, the third book, A Troubled Peace, Elliott takes us back to Henry's story, the American co-pilot, after the end of WWII.

He's back in the US, but having a hard time adjusting to living in peace-time (he has PTSD, known as battle fatigue), and decides to go back to France and see how all the people who helped him survive fared. Most do not make it.

Using his best marble shooter, which he gifted to the son of a woman who helped him, he finds the boy, now completely orphaned, and brings
East Chapel Hill High School Library
1945 Virginia and France
Henry is a 20 year old WWII veteran, returning home from from the horrors of battle, dealing with PTSD. He's a loving young man who would like nothing better than to return to his old life, and settle back in with his family and girlfriend. It's not a simple task. He remembers those who saved his life while he was in France, and he wonders what became of them. This is a powerful read, and I highly recommend it.
Violet Perry
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great ending to this story. It's very touching, and although it isn't gushy, it has its way of expressing strong emotions to you, especially hate for all the people who did wrong during the war. Definitely recommend. ...more
Thomas McBride
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great story of a pilot in World War II. I really liked the story it brought you to the war torn France and showed you how life was then.
Jordan D
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I think this was a good but a little boring of a historical book.
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up :)
Alexandra Laub
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great extension to Elliott's original story "Under A War-Town Sky." It was great to spend more time with Henry, as well as go on another adventure with him. While overall I didn't think the story was believable (meaning that I don't believe Henry could have ever made the trip back), the events regarding the main focus point of the story were believable. The people he encounters and most of the events made me think they could potentially have happened to someone.

Again, Elliott inserte
Nov 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I absolutely loved Under A War Torn Sky, and taught it as part of the 8th grade curriculum, but I was oddly hesitant to read this sequel. I am so glad I finally decided to do it. The novel felt slow and forced at the very beginning, but it shifted into a fascinating look at life in a war-torn country as the war ends and people from all sides try to make sense of the world they now find themselves in, and rebuild what they have lost.

There are many novels out there about war, but I feel like my e
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Troubled Peace
Author, Laura Malone Elliott

If there was an award for “the book that touched the hearts,” a Troubled Peace would certainly get that award. A Troubled Peace is the sequel to Under a War Torn Sky, which was our summer reading book last year. I had liked the book so much that I read it twice, and I looked to see if there was a sequel. Once I had heard that there was indeed a sequel, I had screamed.
Honestly, I loved this book, and would read it again, I would suggest it to those wh
Annie Bennett
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: boys and girls, 12-14
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Eamonn O'Toole
“Sometimes you get back on your feet better when you're helping someone else stand in the process. The last thing in the world I want is for you to go away again. But i don't think you'll rest easy until you know about that little boy. Maybe… maybe you need to go back to France and find Pierre” (Elliot, Chapter 4). A Troubled Peace, by L.M. Elliot is a sequel to World War 2 thriller Under a Worn Torn Sky. Henry Forester has come back from Europe, and has everything he wanted when he was running ...more
Laura LeAnn
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The sequel to L.M. Elliott's first novel, Under a War Torn Sky, this story follows Henry as he returns to France in an attempt to heal from the effects of the dramatic nightmares he suffers after returning home to Virginia. Many of the characters from the first novel are in this story as well including Claudette and Madame Gaulloise. Henry's main mission on his return to France is to look for Pierre, the boy that he left in the care of a priest after Pierre's grandfather was killed and the mothe ...more
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: academic, young-adult
I'm conflicted about this book and would probably give it a 3.5 if I could.

I first heard about A Troubled Peace when I was reading The Book Thief. It has won awards and gotten recognition for being an ideal middle grade historical reader about World War II. It is hyper accurate. I can't complain about Elliott's research. I actually learned some interesting details about the peace process for the people of France in the spring/summer of 1945.

However, it has two key problems - 1. lack of a storyli
Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
I managed to read this book, the sequel, first and liked it enough to go back and read the prior book, A War-torn Sky. I am happy to report that reading them out of order in no way lessened my enjoyment and understanding of the books. I personally hate books that have to be read in order. As a librarian, I know how hard it is to get all the books, keep all the books, etc., when they just HAVE to be read in ORDER!

As World War II is ending, Henry Forester is still in conflict. Henry was shot down
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to "Under a War-Torn Sky" and I loved it. I was a bit aprehensive about reading it because I knew it addressed the emotional state of the main character after he came home from war and well- i'm not a huge fan of depressing books. I have decided L.M. Elliott is one of my favorite authors though, especially for historical fiction! She does the perfect balance of showing both sides of situations, giving accounts of atrosities, but also maintains an overlying hopeful tone (which ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Troubled Peace is a sequel the Under a War Torn Sky. It is about the now nineteen year old named Henry Forrester who suffers what in today standards is called PTSD. He can't stop remembering his air battles, his run in with the gestapo, and the lives of all the people that had helped him after he crashed. Specifically one boy named Pierre. He goes to France to find Pierre and hopefully help himself receive closure so he can move on. This book was another fantastic book by Laura Malone Elliott. ...more
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a great book If you like Historical fiction and facts about World War 2. It was a great book but very sad when they tell about the horrors of the concentration and work camps. It tells how the people were living like after the war was over. It was horrible. This is a book for guys who are into war stories and world war 2 planes. Over all this was a very good book. My favorite part of this book was when Henry finds the women he needs to find pierre. It was good and then he wasn't there an ...more
A. G.
Dec 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2nd-term
I thought this book was written very well. I wish I had read the first one first but I didn't know it was a sequel at the time. It's a little sad because it's about the war but has a really sweet ending. I liked the ending and the begining the best. The ending because I felt it tied everything together really well and left no loose ends. The begining because the author did a good job of setting the mood. It was a little hard to follow in some places although history is not my best subject. Over ...more
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the second story in a series by the same author as Under A War-Torn Sky. In this book the main character had returned home from WWII prior to the end of the war because of an injury (I think this was the subject of the first book). In this book, he feels guilty about the child who helped him and was left behind and can't adjust to being back in the U.S. He finds a way to return to Europe at the end of the war and is able to somehow locate some of the people who helped him and eventually ...more
Ronaldo peralta
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Henry a american pilot in world war 2 is on a search for Pierre a resistance kid that save.The after war effects caused destruction,and things to be more expensive, also rationing.Henry found out Pierre mother was killed.Henry is at France when Hitler commits suiced and Nazis surrendered and Allies win.Pierre and Henry return to the United States with help from Claudette.Claudette helped Henry too.
Wanda Jones
Feb 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I liked the way this book deals with what happens to young soldiers when they return home from the war. The protagonist is captured and tortured by Nazis while trying to escape from France. In his dreams at night he relives the torture and the pain of not knowing what happened to those that tried to help him escape.
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